Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Barony of the Damned:Final playtest session

“All things end: A book, songs, loves, lives; all we can do is treasure what we have, until the transience of life catches up upon us all…”

So, the final playtest session of Ben Counter’s ‘Barony of the Damned: An adventure in Mousillon’ took place last night…

For those not in the know, ‘Playtesting’ is a stage in developing an RPG adventure- where people sit down and play through the adventure to see how the plot flows, if there are any missing sections and if anything else is needed to make the adventure more complete.

We aimed to race through the adventure in six sessions- we ended up doing it in seven- but still, a good time was had by all. Many thanks go to the understanding WFRP widows who put up with Black Industries stealing their loved ones away from them for twice weekly roleplaying sessions!

Our adventure in Mousillon finished with the same folk who started it:

Ed Morris- Urrel Two-Axe, a Dwarf slayer seeking death and glory- and nearly finding it!

Mal Green- Otto Embarr, Insane Pyromancer - “It’s all going to end in tears…and fire…”

Chris Lucas- Kera of Ostermark. A lady of noble birth and nobler intentions.

Darren Bowley, Gorge von Ostwald- ‘Deadeye Gorge’ ‘The Butcher of Middenheim’ ‘Speaker with scum’

Owen Barnes- Jurgen Heim, Priest of Sigmar and spiritual guide of the party- at last…

Also watching was:

Chad Mierswa as Devil’s advocate “Hey guys, you’re looking at this all wrong”
Rowland Cox as The voice of Otto’s insanity “We should burn them…burn them precious…”

So what happened? Well, fierce foes were faced, glorious (but futile) deaths were avoided, terrible choices made, and binding oaths were sworn.

Our ‘heroes’ risked their very souls in a foul deal with unclean forces…but, were victorious. This being Warhammer of course, the promised payment was not forthcoming- and an incident with a fire in a tavern did some serious property damage- but at least they were able to escape Mousillon with most of their body parts attached.

Jurgen: Though we are as varied in our motivations as we are in our hairstyles…
(The group studies their five characters as depicted on the cover of the rule book)
Jurgen: I feel I must say…the easy option is the path to Damnation
Urrel: No, the easy option is attacking now! As glorious death’s go, this is as good as it gets!

Gorge: My conscience is catching up with me after a long absence. We must do the right thing
Jurgen: Indeed, I feel I would be a Charlatan if I do not do the proper deed
Kera: Well, you’ve been a great Charlatan so far! Why change now!

Gorge: From this Quest I have gained more than Gold…
Kera: Yeah, the Red Pox

Owen: Jurgen is going to leave five gold crowns with Orion the Bulbous to ensure the care of his dancing cat
Kate (as GM) for that price, you can have the cat
Owen: Oh no, Mousillon needs that animal.
Chris: It’s a ray of hope…
Chad: In a place with none!

Owen: We have one question about the adventure…
Kate: Yes?
Owen: Is the Black Pig real?
Kate: Ah…that, you will never know…


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